Double Height Ceilings and Spiral Stairs
All Roebling Lofts units take advantage of high ceilings to provide a double-height living room and a sleeping area accessible via spiral stairs. A few 2-bedroom units also provide studies on the upper level.
Ceiling height varies by floor: the photograph illustrates a loft with the lowest ceiling height (located on the second or third floors), which is 15′-9″. First floor lofts achieve 20′-7″ ceilings. Fourth floor lofts have sloped ceilings that vary between 16′ and 24′.
High Performance Windows, Window Treatments, and Screens
Windows are among the highest performance on the market, featuring thermally broken frames and double glazing with low-e coating and an argon gas barrier to improve insulating properites. In addition to their excellent thermal properties, they provide outstanding sound suppression (STC 34), which translates to -10db for very low frequency sound, down to -50db for high frequency noise: with windows closed, traffic and most other outside noise is virtually inaudible inside the unit.
Windows typically provide two or more “awning” style panels to let in fresh air. Panels are protected by built in screens.
All units come with solar-mesh window treatments built-in. During the winter, you can adjust the shades to maximize solar heat gain; in the summer, you can reduce the air conditioning load by reducing the light coming through the windows. The window treatments also provide privacy.
Windows & Shades
Comprehensive Sound Insulation
It starts with old-fashioned, “solid as a rock” factory construction. The original, massive steel girders and 3″ thick, solid-wood sub-floors ensure a tremendously strong structure. We’ve then added in a substantial dose of 21st-century sound-insulation wizardry: sound bar technology (shown) reduces audio transmission from your next door neighbor: the sheet-rock is attached to horizontal “sound bars” that float within the clips, and are isolated by the pink rubber pads from transmitting sound to the vertical studs (of course, the walls themselves are stuffed with fiberglass and mineral-wool sound insulation). For lofts on the upper floors, the beautiful strand-woven bamboo finished-flooring sits on top of 3 sound-absorbing layers (top to bottom): 1) 2″ of gypsum-concrete — this super-heavy layer naturally resists sound vibration; 2) 2-layers of rubber matting — vibration which gets through the concrete is now absorbed by rubber mats; 3) 3″ solid wood sub floors (the original factory sub-flooring). Everything possible to make your loft quiet has been built into our quality construction.
Deluxe Finishes and Fixtures
Throughout every unit, flooring uses deluxe materials usually provided in only the most expensive apartments. There’s no carpeting anywhere. All units feature a mix of tile (for kitchens and bathrooms) and strand-woven bamboo for most other living spaces. Strand-woven bamboo has the appearance and wear-characteristics of hardwood, but is low VOC, and is milled from a readily renewable resource. First floor floor units have polished-concrete flooring (resembling marble) for the entry level living space.
Bedrooms located on the mezzanine level receive cork tile flooring.
Gourmet Kitchens with Induction Ranges
The kitchens in Roebling lofts will please even gourmet chefs. They’re fully equipped with all stainless appliances, dishwasher, built in microwave, and induction range, all Energy Star® rated (where applicable). Countertops and cabinets are made from renewable or recycled, low VOC materials. For example, the countertops are made from RichLite, a material based on 100% recycled paper, and the backsplash tile was created from recycled glass.
Induction ranges deliver the cleanliness and sustainability of electric energy, with the responsiveness of gas cooking. Induction ranges generate heat in ferrous cookware by magnetic induction rather than thermal conduction from a flame or heating element. Induction heats up more quickly than conventional stoves: heating performance is comparable to a gas range, but is considerably more energy efficient, and eliminates unburned hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide, improving interior air quality.
The galley kitchens in Roebling Lofts are designed for casual entertainment. They look out over the living area: your friends can pull up a stool, and sit across the kitchen counter while you cook.Induction Range Video
Built-in, energy-saving Washer/Dryers
Every unit at Roebling Lofts comes complete with a built-in, energy saving LG washer and condenser-dryer. These appliances use a single tub for both washing and drying: this means you can load the washer in the morning before going to work, set a timer, and come home just as the full wash and dry cycle has completed.
Energy efficient LED lighting is built-in: illuminating the work areas, and the bathroom vanity. LED bulbs are 8 to 10x more energy efficient than conventional incandescent bulbs, and 2x more efficient than compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs last about 40x longer, and emit about 25x less heat. Compared to CFLs, they last 6-7x as long, emit about 8x less heat, and do not contain mercury (or any other toxic substance).
The LEDs used in Roebling Lofts have been designed to deliver a flattering color temperature.